The exhibition project Middle Gate II – The Story of Dymphna is a collaboration between M HKA (Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp) and the cultural centre de Werft in Geel. Middle Gate II is the follow up to the exhibition Middle Gate, curated by Jan Hoet in Geel in 2013. The exhibition concept is closely tied to the legend of the holy Dymphna, saint of the possessed, the mentally ill and patroness against epilepsy and insanity. The legend of Dymphna shares a strong connection to the identity of Geel, "the charitable city".

Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven / AMVK

Amvk 2018 photo m hkacc 1 photo m hkacc  2 (c)image: M HKA
Morele herbewapening gestoffeerd, 2005
Object , 4 x (94 x 50 x 55 cm), 1 x (94 x 50 x 62.5 cm)
upholstered (arm)chairs

(Moral Rearmament Upholstered)

"Following a jubilee exhibition at the Industry, Labour and Textile Museum in Ghent, there was the possibility to design fabric that was to be woven on historic industrial textile machines from their collection. As part of my HeadNurse-project, I chose to make upholstery in green and black, laced with lurex. I had the oak chairs that I inherited from my grandmother upholstered with it. The kaleidoscopic result, when combined with some of my 96 geërotiseerde concepten (96 Eroticised Concepts), became an allusion to the prima materia, the essence out of which which women live and work."